EarthCam/Getty There was a heavy police presence on April 17 at the St. Patrick's Cathedral in NY after a man with two gasoline cans walked inside and was arrested, authorities say.
The 37-year-old man parked his minivan near St. Patrick's Cathedral and attempted to enter the church at around 7:55 p.m. when he was stopped by church security, NJ.com reported.
The incident occurred just two days after the devastating blaze that almost destroyed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Authorities were trying to figure out his intentions but said he was already known to police.
Police arrested Holden Matthews, a 21-year-old suspect who is the son of a sheriff's deputy and has been charged with hate crimes on top of arson.
Seton Hall's media relations office did not immediately respond to requests to comment, and Lamparello's current employment status with Seton Hall is unclear.
Lamparello "wasn't weird", said a neighbor, Salvatore Altomare, adding that he "seemed like. a nice guy, walked a straight line". "They're real Americans - try to do the right thing".
Pope Francis prepares to lead evening Vespers at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on September 24, 2015 in New York City.
"Our beloved cathedral is on her knees" but she "will live again", she "will rise again", the Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit said during a mass at the church of Saint-Sulpice.
He threw himself on the floor between two pews and said, "Put cuffs on me and arrest me because I'm not going", according to Fontoura.
Benjamin Mouton, Notre-Dame's former affiliated architect between, said it was pointless seeking to restore a building that has already been "heavily altered, modified and reinforced".
Lamparello was an online instructor at Lehman College in the Bronx.
The Archdiocese of NY said in a statement that "the individual was stopped as he tried to come into the cathedral", and he was turned over to police. A spokeswoman for the college says that Lamparello was hired during this academic year and was part-time. "We are taking the appropriate steps to terminate the individual's employment with the college".
An East Rutherford native, Lamparello was described as emotionally troubled. "Marc has been heavily engaged in the study of philosophy from an early age, and is now working on two other book-length projects, including a witty dialogue on arguments for and against the existence of God, and a series of essays on the epistemology of practical motivation".
The man told police he was cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue from 5th Avenue and his mini van had run out of gasoline, Miller said.
The suspect headed for the cathedral and as he entered the church, he was confronted by a parish security officer who told him that he couldn't proceed into the house of worship with those items.